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>> thanks for joining us at 6:00. lester holt is up next with "nbc nightly news." >> see you at 11:00, hopefully. bye. developing news as we come on the air. a fight erupts late today. what jeb bush said about women's health that has hillary clinton firing back. also the stage is set. we now know who is in the first debate and who's out. violent storms slamming millions. heavy winds and hail the size of golf balls. and what we've learned about that sudden tent collapse that claimed the lives of a father and his young daughter. monster fire in california. people now say they have never seen anything like it. so unpredictable. jumping highways, spawning fire tornadoes. towns bracing for impact. and cuffed in class. the video that sparked so much outrage. an 8-year-old cuffed. an officer under fire. and calls for change. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc
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news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with lester holt." good evening. we begin tonight with breaking developments in the race for president. we now know the ten candidates who made the cut for the first republican debate in primetime this thursday. you can see the stage positions right there. the final two slots go to christie and kasich. edging out rick perry. and just in time for that debate, jeb bush may have ignited a new flash-point in the race for president with comments he made today about funding women's health programs. remarks immediately pounced on by hillary clinton. nbc news national correspondent peter alexander starts us off. >> reporter: more controversy tonight following a gaffe by one of the republican party favorites, jeb bush. with hillary clinton blasting bush for his call today to defund planned parenthood. >> i'm not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women's health issues. and in that budget, i can promise you there will not be $500 million going to planned parenthood.
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>> reporter: clinton tweeted "jeb bush, you are absolutely unequivocally wrong." after acknowledging he misspoke, bush shot back "what's absolutely unequivocally wrong is giving taxpayer money to an organization whose practices show no regard for the lives of unborn." attacking clinton will be one feature of thursday night's debate with front-runner trump flanked by bush and walker. at 11, perry will be among those left out. already fox news's formula, relying on national polls, is angering the party's 2012 runner-up, rick santorum. now relegated to thursday's afternoon debate with far fewer viewers. >> now to go seven months out and arbitrarily cut off that number is an insult to the voters. fox should apologize to the candidates. >> reporter: ohio governor john kasich's in the top ten and today seemingly took a swipe at trump. how do you secure ohio? >> let me tell you, the only way that we win ohio is with somebody who is a uniter. if you think you can come into ohio and divide, polarize, you
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won't win. >> reporter: today trump capitalized on the website gawkers publication of his cell phone number, recording a campaign message for anyone who called. >> with your help and support, together, we can make america truly great again. >> reporter: late tonight, jeb bush released a statement clarifying his support for providing critical women's health services, especially to low-income women, but adding that he believes federal money shouldn't be spent on planned parenthood because of allegations that the organization is involved in selling fetal organs. lester? >> peter alexander, thanks. andrea mitchell joins us now. andrea, is this a one-day issue for jeb bush? >> it depends how he handles it, obviously. hillary clinton pounced. she has been so much on the defensive. all the republicans ganging up on her. her own poll numbers sliding even among women. and now she's got an issue and an issue with the largest voting bloc, women. and it depends whether jeb bush really articulates that he understands the importance of federal funding for women's health. it's a huge issue with women voters,
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republicans as well as democrats. >> andrea mitchell tonight, thank you. >> you bet. now to a story that hits home of anyone who's taken their family to summertime outdoor fairs or festivals. the deaths of his father and daughter when a circus tent collapsed on them during a thunderstorm in new hampshire last night. today we've learned that according to investigators, the circus did not have the proper permits. our ron allen reports on that circus tragedy in today's shocking discovery. >> reporter: investigators say the walker brothers circus did not have the legally required permits to put up the big top that collapsed, killing two and injuring some two dozen spectators. >> a-go-lucky 6-year-old kid. >> reporter: jonathan young lost his sister annabelle and his dad robert. a storm with possibly a microburst winds gusting to 90 miles per hour. nunder thunder, hail. the show just getting under way when disaster struck. >> the tent came down. the beam came down on top of my
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father, crushed his skull. he was protecting my little sister annabelle at the time, and unfortunately she didn't make it as well. >> reporter: annabelle's mom and sister brooklyn escaped. the national weather service had issued a severe storm warning some 20 minutes before the show started. >> given the weather warning, should this show have been stopped? >> well, their responsibility is for the safety of their guests. and whether they knew or not that the storm was coming, we'll be looking into that. >> reporter: every summer tents and towns all across america host circuses, fairs and festivals. regulations vary. this past weekend one person died, 15 injured when a tent used for shelter in severe in a music fair collapsed in chicago. last year one dead 20 injured at a church festival in michigan. in 2012 in st. louis, one person killed, more than 100 injured when a beer garden tent crumpled in a thunderstorm. >> it's the first time
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i've been there. and i'll never go again. >> reporter: back in new hampshire where meagan marion escaped the circus tent with her son, trevor, she worries about her mother diana pinned under a beam now hospitalized. >> if it's supposed to be a storm and heavy winds and stuff they shouldn't have had it in the first place. >> reporter: authorities say the walker brothers circus is cooperating with the investigation. they have not responded to our requests for comment. the circus website shows performances canceled here tonight and tomorrow but apparently resuming in new hampshire later in the week. lester? >> ron allen in new hampshire tonight. thank you. the dangerous weather that contributed to that freak accident continued through the region today, storms still hammering parts of new england with violent wind, lightning and hail. nbc's katy tur has more on the extreme conditions. >> reporter: violent severe storms slammed massachusetts late today, battering boston with strong winds, damaging hail, and heavy rain. thousands forced to take shelter as tornado warnings sounded in several cities and towns.
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at fenway, golf ball-sized hail, some larger, fell fast and furious. a ground stop at logan. >> ramp closed. >> reporter: 60-mile-an-hour wind knocked out power to more than 100,000. this morning strong winds tore trees from their roots in rhode island, peeling lawns back like carpet. >> this neighborhood is devastated. it's like a war zone. >> reporter: near the coast at a campground in charlestown ten people were injured after trees crashed onto trailers and tents. while in mystic, connecticut another tree fell on an suv killing the driver. and in brooklyn, new york a sinkhole, though officials have yet to determine if it was caused by the storms that tore through the city last night and lit up the skies. this as another round threatens the northeast all over again tonight. katy tur, nbc news, new york. on the other side of the country the effort to tame a stubborn and unpredictable wildfire remains an uphill battle burning at what fire officials now call an explosive rate. in california alone 23
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large fires are burning out of control and they are spreading in frightening ways. nbc's joe fryer is there. >> reporter: after hurtling over a highway the rocky fire is speeding on a new batch of dry land. >> this is not what firefighters wanted. >> reporter: the wind-driven flames are moving closer to the town of clearlake and surrounding neighborhoods. >> we could see the flames cresting up over the hill and coming into the back of the valley. and that's when we decided we need to go. >> reporter: peggy o'day's temporary home is a tent outside the moose lodge, a makeshift shelter. heather perez is here with her three-week-old daughter. how scared are you? >> i'm pretty scared. i definitely want to have a home to go to after this. >> reporter: rick sanders refused to flee yesterday, staying behind to protect his home of 30 years. we returned today to see his house was spared. >> i have a lot of neighbors. i'm concerned for their houses. mine i'm pretty sure is safe. >> reporter: the fire continues
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to behave erratically. time lapse video shot this weekend shows a videographer's harrowing escape when he was told to evacuate. there have even been some instances of firenados, dangerous hot embers that shoot out hot debris for miles. a column of bright red and orange. >> all the dots are hot spots in the center of the fire. >> reporter: steven vollmer analyzes the fire's behavior by studying the weather and moisture in the ground a guide for the 3,000 firefighters on the front lines. >> all the troops out there need to know what they're going to be up against. >> reporter: west coast fires are also burning budgets. a new report shows the u.s. forest service used to spend 16% of its budget on firefighting. now it's 52%. and in ten years could be 67%. >> instead of basically maintaining and restoring and making our forest more resilient we're essentially one large fire department. >> reporter: and the rocky fire is proving just how
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much havoc a single inferno can create. the fire has slowed a bit today. we're even getting some much-needed rain. hopefully no lightning. the biggest fear is that the winds will pick up, blowing from east to west and pushing flames toward clearlake. but as you can see, fire trucks are in position and ready to protect homes and lives. lester? >> joe fryer for us, thank you. now what's being called the worst outbreak of legionnaires' disease in new york history. at least seven people have died, more than 80 others are being treated and experts say legionnaires' is a far bigger threat than most people realize, with up to 18,000 people hospitalized in this country every year. we get our report from nbc's anne thompson. >> reporter: these box-like cooling towers on some new york city rooftops are the source of the deadly outbreak of legionnaires' disease and growing fears. >> we're not at the level of panic but anxiety is really high. >> reporter: annie minguez's cousin is one of 86 stricken. he survived.
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>> we are also going through our own process of having almost lost him. >> reporter: this outbreak part of an increasing trend in legionnaires'. the cdc says the number of cases in this country jumped more than 200% from 2000 to 2009. the legionella bacteria occur naturally, usually in warm water that's found in hot tubs, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and air-conditioning cooling towers. where water is passed over a heat exchanger, putting a mist in the air that can carry the disease away from the building. how do you get it? it's as easy as breathing in air containing microscopic water droplets carrying the disease that inflame the lungs. >> most residents are not at risk of contracting legionnaires' disease. it is not spread from person to person. >> reporter: today new york mayor bill di blasio called for citywide inspections
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of cooling towers. >> what can we do to stop this increase in legionnaires' disease? >> the way to stop legionnaires' disease is to test for legionella bacteria in water systems. so the proposal by mayor di blasio to test cooling towers will go a long way to preventing legionnaires' disease. >> the contaminated cooling towers are now clean but city officials warn the numbers of people infected could still climb. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. investigators continue to scour the beaches of reunion island, hoping to find pieces of flight mh370 and debris, some of it intriguing, keeps turning up, including this piece of plastic found today. there's no indication that it is from the missing flight or even from an airplane. a piece of wing found last week confirmed to be from a boeing 777 that's now in france where it will be closely examined beginning tomorrow. it's being called a potential game changer in the war against isis. the ability to launch u.s. and allied air strikes, fighter jets, not just unmanned drones, from bases a lot closer to isis positions.
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and could start very soon. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more. the u.s.-led air war against isis is about to get a lot more intense. with u.s. fighter jets soon able to take off from a key air base, much closer to the fight. nbc news has learned that incirlik air base in southern turkey should be ready in two to three weeks. a major ramp-up is now under way with weapons, ammunition, and communications equipment on their way including a mid-air refueling system and critically, search and rescue capability for pilots in distress. it's a new phase of cooperation with turkey, and u.s. officials say it could transform the air war against isis. for a year the u.s. has flown missions against isis from the persian gulf. hundreds of miles away. incirlik and other bases in turkey are far closer, putting
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isis targets in the crosshairs. towns like raqqa and jarabulus, which sits so close to the turkish border, today you can see both the isis flag and the turkish flag, just a stone's throw apart. after turning a blind eye to isis, turkey is now finally reinforcing its border digging trenches, bringing in extra troops, even erecting berms. the military here is clearly preparing for a fight. if isis retaliates against turkey's new cooperation with the u.s., it's a fight they're likely to get. richard engel, nbc news, on the turkish-syrian border. there's a lot more to talk about tonight. the tape that has sparked a firestorm. an 8-year-old boy yelling he's in pain as he's handcuffed behind his back by a sheriff's deputy. there are calls for change at schools across the country. also the cold war of sorts at the office. the new study about men and women and a chill in
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the air has many talking.
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there is new fallout tonight from a tape that has sparked outrage across the country. the family of an 8-year-old boy has filed a lawsuit against a local sheriff's department after video emerged of that boy being handcuffed behind his back at school. now an uproar and calls for change at schools nationwide as nbc's rehema ellis reports. >> it hurts! >> reporter: it's a disturbing video.
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for seven minutes a young boy is heard crying as kentucky's deputy sheriff kevin sumner handcuffs the child's arms behind his back. the american civil liberties union, which posted the video, says it was taken by staff at an elementary school in covington, kentucky. according to the aclu, the 8-year-old boy who has adhd, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was shackled last november for disability-related difficulties obeying his teacher. >> you can either behave the way you know you're supposed to or you suffer the consequences. >> reporter: the lawsuit charges the third-grader's constitutional rights were violated. >> for an 8-year-old kid to get handcuffed behind your back by a big man like that, it was a terrifying experience and it stayed with him. >> reporter: the lawsuit also alleges at another school the same deputy sheriff handcuffed a 9-year-old girl who has adhd. tonight the sheriff issued a statement saying the deputy acted in conformity
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with the law and all the facts have not yet been presented. he went on to say i steadfastly stand behind deputy sumner. >> are you surprised by what happened in kentucky? >> i am not surprised by what happened in kentucky. this is a rather well-kept secret, especially for those who aren't knowledgeable about what goes on in public schools. >> reporter: in 2009 the gao published a nationwide study documenting hundreds of alleged incidents of restraint, including 20 incidents causing death. all involved children with disabilities. now it's up to a federal court to decide if what happened in kentucky was legal. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. up next, the big american company making big news about maternity and paternity leave tonight. also, the officer who sprang into action, handling a special delivery in a very unlikely place.
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some quick thinking saved a man in california from almost certain death. a deputy dragged a driver away from his car a split second before it was hit by a train. the deputy had reportedly witnessed the car slamming into the signal post yesterday and wasted no time. the sheriff's department says the driver appeared to be under the influence. amazing tape. a very special delivery overnight. a baby born on the train platform at the world trade center here in new york. a birth in a place known for so much sadness. mom and dad tried to make it to the hospital but the baby had other ideas. a police officer who happens to be a former emt stepped in to handle the delivery of a baby girl, 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and everyone is resting comfortably. and if you're about to have a new addition to the family you might want to see if netflix is hiring. i don't know if you heard but the company announced today it will give unlimited paid leave for new moms and dads. unlimited paid leave for the first year after their child's birth or adoption.
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when we come back, mystery solved. science weighs in on why so many women are shivering at the office. case against a formr chinatown
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have you ever wondered why do women often find the temperature at work so much colder than men do? it's part of a battle of the sexes that comes up in our own offices and apparently goes back decades. here's nbc's jenna wolfe. >> reporter: for all the progress we've made over the years in bridging the gender gap, there's still a glaring difference between men and women over one thing. the temperature. >> more women complain about the temperature in my office than the men. >> reporter: for the most part he says it's hot, she says it's cold. and not just sort of cold. >> you're wearing a sweater. >> yes. >> inside the office. >> correct. >> why is that? >> because it feels like february. >> it's absolutely freezing. it is the summer and i'm wearing a fake fur blanket. >> reporter: the great temperature debate has fueled office politics. >> women seem to be more comfortable at something like 75 degrees fahrenheit whereas men tend to be more comfortable around 70 degrees. >> because it's just so cold in the office -- some people say they come outside just to warm up.
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it's a cold war that's been going on for years. until now. because a new study shows that the temperatures in most office buildings are determined by an outdated model developed in the 1960s and based on the metabolism of a 154-pound 40-year-old man. fast-forward more than 50 years, with half of the workforce comprised of women, those thermostats still haven't budged. >> sometimes there's some shivering going on. >> it actually, it's just right. just right. >> reporter: so as it turns out, women have been right all along. it is actually cold in here. >> it could be 100 degrees outside, and it feels like the north pole in here. >> reporter: and maybe the solution is as simple as a fashion statement. if men and women would just dress for the season. and yes, that's a short-sleeve blazer. everyone would be happy. jenna wolfe, nbc news, new york. >> i love that last picture. that's going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. mathai ===jess /2-shot=== and
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i'm jessica agure on camust in good evening. thanks for being with us. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. just in to our newsroom, a damning accusation to an attorney from a gangster. a motion was filed asking that a federal corruption case against the one-time criminal be excused. it is the same case that led to former state senator cutting a deal with the feds. the motion includes new accusations that san francisco mayor ed lee and supervisor
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london breed were among those that took bribes. chow's attorney is claiming the fbi has evidence of the mayor and supervisor accepting bribes but that it did nothing to pursue the charges against them. tonight a spokesperson for mayor lee's re-election campaign responded saying, quote, there's absolutely nothing in today's filing that suggests mayor lee did anything wrong or inappropriate. a traffic nightmare in pacifica. it wasn't your usual backup. even imagine crews were rerouted. the mayor is demanding answers from caltrans. highway 1 was backed up for miles. police say first responders had to reroute to make sure they could get to any potential emergencies. michelle roberts is in pacifica this evening. caltrans is getting the blame. >> rte


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